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Investors Say Climate Change is Huge Threat to Economy, Pensions

Investors Say Climate Change is Huge Threat to Economy, Pensions | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Some of the world's largest investors are once again warning that climate change could sink our economy and our pensions. So why isn't there action?
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Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth

Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If we can't plead stupidity, what else is there? How do we live with ourselves? Is it all the stuff we buy that manages to numb our brains and consciences?

 

When I see a headline like this one at Bloomberg today, World Needs Record Saudi Oil Supply as OPEC Convenes, there’s just one thought that pops into my head: what the world needs is for us to stop doing this thing we’re doing. Even apart from peak oil concerns, it’s obvious we’re going to run out at some point or another, and it doesn’t matter whether that’s tomorrow or at some other point in the future, though we do know it’s not going to take another 100 years, or even 50.

 

And nothing will ever take the place of oil; once those unique carbons are gone, that’s it, we’ll have to find a completely different way of running our societies, and if we’re not smart enough to prepare for that beforehand, we’ll be cats fighting in a sack and use the last scraps to kill off each other. And our legacy won’t be the Greek thinkers and Picasso and Dostoyevsky and Walt Whitman and Maria Callas, since there won’t be the means for our children anymore to share what makes man great between them. Our main legacy will instead be bloodshed, we will have gone the exact same path that any non-thinking or even primitive organism would have taken, who don’t have opera or philosophy or poetry to their name.

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Alaska frogs reach record lows in extreme temperature survival

Alaska frogs reach record lows in extreme temperature survival | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Freezing and thawing might not be good for the average steak, but it seems to help wood frogs each fall as they prepare to survive Alaska's winter cold.
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Ancient grassland species take a century to return

Ancient grassland species take a century to return | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Old chalk grasslands that have been disturbed by farming can take more than a hundred years to recover their full diversity of plants, new research shows.
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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, Today, 5:20 AM

Questo e muy interesante para nosotros, donde estamos intentando de crear (o dejar crear la natura) un santuario natural para las abejas y otra flora y fauna.  ¿Alguien sabe donde podemos conseguir una lista de plantas indígenas del Yucatan para poder ver cosa plantar para ayudar la tierra re-encontrar su forma "original"?

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Are state Medicaid policies sentencing people with mental illnesses to prison?

Are state Medicaid policies sentencing people with mental illnesses to prison? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers from the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics have linked tighter Medicaid policies governing antipsychotic drugs with increased incarceration rates for schizophrenic individuals.
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Control of HIV pandemic will not be achieved without radical improvement in support for sex workers

Control of HIV pandemic will not be achieved without radical improvement in support for sex workers | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Across the world, in high- and low-income countries, women, men, and transgender people who sell sex are subjected to repressive and discriminatory law, policy, and practice, which in turn fuel human rights violations against them, including violence and discrimination. All of these factors are preventing ...
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Encephalitis kills 60 in eastern India in fortnight

Encephalitis kills 60 in eastern India in fortnight | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
An outbreak of encephalitis has killed 60 people in two weeks in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, a top health official has said, calling the situation 'alarming'.
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Energy Efficiency: The Forgotten Giant

Energy Efficiency: The Forgotten Giant | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Amory Lovins in Forbes:


Michael Liebreich, chairman of Bloomberg New EnergyFinance’s advisory board, points out that the U.S. fracking revolution and the consequent 2004–13 rise in domestic oil output displaced oil imports equivalent to 10 percent of domestic consumption—while two little-noticed demand-side trends, less driving and more-efficient vehicles, saved 18percent, nearly twice as much. Drilling advocates somehow forgot to mention that their impressive achievements were almost lapped by demand-side shifts. Those saved barrels were nearly invisible because we can’t see energy we don’t use or buy.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, July 22, 10:32 PM

While American, German, and British energy intensity all fell by similar amounts during 1990–2012, technical efficiency improved much more in Germany.

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College & University Presidents Stand Up For Climate Action | Robert Friedman's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

College & University Presidents Stand Up For Climate Action | Robert Friedman's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Over the past seven years, 684 colleges and universities, including my own alma mater (Go Bates!), have signed onto the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to make voluntary commitments to reduce climate pollution on their campuses. Earlier...
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The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’

The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com.
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Can we save Ganga

Can we save Ganga | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Ganga is getting political attention. What does it take to clean the river? Soma Basu and Sushmita Sengupta travel with photographer Vikas Choudhary from Kanpur to Varanasi, the river's most polluted stretch, to understand why the pollution is so persistent, while Sunita Narain suggests ways to clean it
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Anger as Australia dumps carbon tax

Anger as Australia dumps carbon tax | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Climate experts decry demise of emissions-control system.
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Chilling Map Shows Boston With A 7.5-Foot Coastal Flood

Chilling Map Shows Boston With A 7.5-Foot Coastal Flood | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
City planners are grappling with many of the threats and possibilities for mitigating them, from streets that can double as canals to underground cisterns and floating buildings.
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China plans super collider

China plans super collider | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Proposals for two accelerators could see country become collider capital of the world.
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South Portland bans Canada’s oil sands

South Portland bans Canada’s oil sands | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Enbridge's Line 9 reversal project threatened after Maine city council opposes exporting Alberta oil.
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New study reveals vulnerability of sharks as collateral damage in commercial fishing

New study reveals vulnerability of sharks as collateral damage in commercial fishing | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study that examined the survival rates of 12 different shark species when captured as unintentional bycatch in commercial longline fishing operations found large differences in survival rates across the 12 species, with bigeye thresher, dusky, and scalloped hammerhead being the most vulnerable. ...
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Lead in hunting bullets is dispensable – study proves suitability of alternatives

Lead in hunting bullets is dispensable – study proves suitability of alternatives | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new study concerning terminal ballistics of lead-containing and lead-free bullets shows that both materials are equally suitable for hunting in accordance with animal welfare. Lead-free bullets even leave smaller fragment clouds than leaded ones.
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Town 'sealed off' after man dies of plague in China (Update)

Town 'sealed off' after man dies of plague in China (Update) | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A Chinese town has been sealed off and 151 people placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said Tuesday.
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American Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations

American Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Blood donations to the American Red Cross are down substantially, and the agency says an 'emergency situation' could arise within weeks.
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Why are Fukushima engineers creating walls of ice under a contaminated nuclear plant?

Why are Fukushima engineers creating walls of ice under a contaminated nuclear plant? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Engineers at Fukushima nuclear power plant have been trying to create a £185m ice wall to isolate contaminated water from mixing with groundwater. However, there has been a steady stream of news articles reporting on problems associated with the work so far. They are simply adding to the sense of despair ...
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The Fight To Protect Whales Against The Navy's Noise Pollution

The Fight To Protect Whales Against The Navy's Noise Pollution | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The author of a new book that criticizes the U.S Navy’s excessive use of active sonar in the ocean spoke with HuffPost Live about how the noise pollution is harming whales.

Joshua Horwitz spoke with host Ricky Camilleri about his new book W...
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Monsoon floods in eastern India kill three, displace thousands

Monsoon floods in eastern India kill three, displace thousands | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A major river burst its banks in Odisha state's worst-hit district of Jajpur, flooding 30 villages
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The tech utopia nobody wants: why the world nerds are creating will be awful

The tech utopia nobody wants: why the world nerds are creating will be awful | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
JR Hennessy: If you don't think welfare should be replaced by high-nutrient sludge, or are irritated by Google Glass, you're not backwards – you're a human being
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Just Before Hosting Major U.N. Climate Talks, Peru Slashes Environmental Regulation

Just Before Hosting Major U.N. Climate Talks, Peru Slashes Environmental Regulation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In a move likely to receive heavy backlash at least up the the U.N. climate conference (COP20) in Lima, Peru in December, Peru's government just rolled back environmental regulations in an effort to boost mining in the country.
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Florida Utilities Move To Slash Energy Conservation Programs

Florida Utilities Move To Slash Energy Conservation Programs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Over 100 people are expected to join a protest rally in Tallahassee on Monday ahead of hearings that could see the state's energy conservation programs slashed by up to 93 percent.
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Error discovered in Antarctic sea-ice record

Error discovered in Antarctic sea-ice record | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Misalignment in data between satellites may be fixed now, but went undetected for years.
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Wind Turbine Manufacturer Hiring 800 People In Colorado As Orders Pile Up

Wind Turbine Manufacturer Hiring 800 People In Colorado As Orders Pile Up | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
While the politics of fracking has taken hold of election-year energy discussions in Colorado, the wind power industry is quietly surging.
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